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  • Tricks and Treats for Halloween

    10/29/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    October, for many children, is the month of tricks and treats. Children and teens love Halloween – it’s a time for parties, games, costumes and free candy. Even if one doesn’t participate in Trick or Treating; it’s difficult to avoid candy this time of year. Halloween may be a great time for parents to have conversations with their children about healthy eating. Set the limits…

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  • Get the Facts: Egg Allergies & Flu Vaccines

    10/28/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionTreatmentsAllergies & Asthma

    Tis the season to get the flu vaccine, but what’s a parent to do if your child has an intolerance or allergy to the flu shot? It’s true that the flu vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, but it is still recommended for all children aged six months and older. You may need to take precautions if your child has an egg allergy, but not necessarily avoid the vaccine altogether.…

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  • Swallowed Small Magnets – More Than Tots and Toys

    08/25/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Magnets have been a common component of various children toys for years – from magnetic toys meant to attach to each other to alphabet letters and kitchen/refrigerator toys or magnets.  However, more recently a trend has developed in the sale of rare earth, or neodymium, magnets.  These magnets are often marketed as “desk toys” for adults.  These magnets are typically…

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  • Does Nutrition Affect Autism?

    02/27/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Children with autism can present with unique nutritional challenges and nutritional deficiencies have been described in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  In addition to nutrition deficiencies, obesity has also been well-described to occur with ASDs.  As a result, routine health maintenance with your family physician or Pediatrician is essential to ensuring appropriate nutritional…

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  • Consider Alternative Halloween Fun

    10/29/2012 | CommunityEventsEveryday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Halloween can be a fun holiday, and usually conjures thoughts of kids in costumes, trick-or-treating and candy. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous: unsafe costumes, kids darting into traffic, and unhealthy candy and treats. Why not opt for something different this year? Here are some alternative ideas to the traditional Halloween: Visit a Haunted House! Going to a haunted house, haunted trail…

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  • Riding Safely on ATVs

    09/11/2012 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Riding an ATV can be fun, but can also be dangerous. Due to a growing number of ATV accidents this summer, many involving children, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is calling attention to the imminent dangers of all-terrain vehicles. "Injuries sustained in an ATV accident are about the same as those from a motorcycle accident - they can range from cuts and scrapes to even death,"…

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  • Treating a Sign of Summer: Swimmer’s Ear

    08/21/2012 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseFamily CarePrimary Care

    This summer’s string of scorching hot days makes swimming in a pool or lake even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal – medically referred to as otitis externa, but more commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.” Unlike middle ear infections…

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  • Tools for School: Food for Thought

    08/06/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingFamily CareReady, Set, School

    This is the first in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! We’ve all heard that certain foods can make kids smarter, and that’s true. Fish, for example, contains Omega 3, well known for its powers as “brain food.” But even beyond fish, children who routinely eat well-rounded, nutritious meals perform better in school. More importantly,…

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  • Healthy Snack Ideas

    06/09/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Healthy Snacks for an Active Summer: String cheese and a piece of fruit Yogurt smoothies 100% Juice frozen fruit bars Handful of frozen grapes or other fresh fruit Veggies and low fat dip Low-fat popcorn Vanilla wafers, whole grain crackers, fat free graham crackers or animal crackers with 1% or skim milk Indiana Fruits & Vegetables in Season in June: Asparagus Collards Green Peas Mushrooms Radishes…

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  • Together, We Can Improve The Health Of American Children—Even In The Middle Of Winter

    01/30/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and ExerciseTreatmentsDiabetes & Endocrinology

    A prominent health issue on the mind of many Hoosiers is the childhood obesity struggle that our state--and our nation as a whole--faces. It's estimated that currently in our country, as many as one in three children is affected by the obesity epidemic. And during the winter time, it can be especially tough to get active. That's something that we at IU Health and Riley Hospital for…

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